“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17:8, NIV)
What a beautiful prayer David makes as he looks to God for protection. We like to think of ourselves as strong, but when we try to stand on our own we will find ourselves weaker than we expected. The history of Israel is a parable for all of us, in that sense. We will be so much more secure if we stand on the Rock, if we take shelter beneath the wings of the Almighty. He is strong. Nothing can stand against Him, and nothing can harm us unless He permits it—and if He permits it, He is able to bring it about for our good and His glory.
What does this look like in our lives? I think it is a call to return to prayer. It’s hard to live in dependence on God if you aren’t constantly turning your thoughts to God, speaking to God, submitting everything you do to the sovereign will of God. We’re so reckless, we go about doing our own thing, and (every once in a while) offering a perfunctory request that God will bless our plans. How much better to pray, constantly and fervently! How much better to look to God and give Him all our fears and all the dangers of life facing us and say, “hide me in the shadow of your wings”!